Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's Just Funky


Nasty Nes, the legendary DJ who brought hip hop to Seattle radio on KFOX AM 1250, started Nastymix records with local emcee/producer Sir Mix-A-Lot back in 1985, releasing Mix-A-Lot's "Square Dance Rap" that same year. For the next 7 years, Nastymix was a monster, releasing platinum records, hosting names like Mix-A-Lot, Crimial Nation, and Kid Sensation, throwing lavish parties, and generally being the image of Northwest hip hop. Tacoma's High Performance was on Nastymix's roster, releasing a number of releases in 1989 and '90. As hip hop goes, this is definitely a golden-age release: it's a sign of the times, sonically falling somewhere between the Bomb-Squad and NWA-era Dre. Great music for the summertime. Hilltop represented.

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